Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Six

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Phase Six of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a group of American superhero films produced by Marvel Studios based on characters that appear in publications by Marvel Comics. Phase Six features all of the Marvel Studios productions set to be released starting from late 2024 to 2025, with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures distributing the films. The first film in the phase will be Deadpool 3, scheduled for release in September 2024. Kevin Feige produces every film in this phase, alongside producer Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool 3.

The films of the phase include Deadpool 3 starring Ryan Reynolds, Fantastic Four, and the ensembles Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars. Two unannounced films are set for release in 2025. Phase Six, along with Phase Four and Phase Five, constitutes The Multiverse Saga.

Development

By April 2014, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said that additional storylines for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) were planned through 2028.[1] At San Diego Comic-Con in July 2019, Feige announced Marvel Studios was developing a Fantastic Four film for the MCU.[2] Ryan Reynolds confirmed in December 2019 that a third Deadpool film after 20th Century Fox's Deadpool (2016) and Deadpool 2 (2018) was in development at Marvel Studios,[3] with his production company Maximum Effort co-producing the film.[4] Fantastic Four was formally confirmed in December 2020;[5][6] the film was believed to be a part of Phase Four at that time.[7] In April 2022, Feige said he and Marvel Studios were on a creative retreat to plan and discuss the MCU films for the following 10 years,[8] and in June 2022, said information on the next saga of the MCU would be provided in the following months, with Marvel Studios being a "little more direct" on their future plans to provide audiences with "the bigger picture [so they] can see a tiny, tiny bit more of the roadmap" following the clues included during Phase Four.[9]

At Marvel Studios' San Diego Comic-Con panel in July 2022, Feige announced that Fantastic Four would be the first film of Phase Six. He also announced that the phase would conclude with two ensemble films, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars, both to be released in 2025, and that Phase Six, along with Phase Four and Phase Five, would be part of The Multiverse Saga.[10] In September, Reynolds announced that Deadpool 3 would be released on September 6, 2024,[11] as the first film in Phase Six.[12]

Marvel Studios has two unannounced films set for release on February 14 and July 25, 2025,[13] along with a project expected to release in mid-to-late 2024, one in late 2024, one in early 2025, two in early-to-mid 2025, and two in mid-2025.[14]

Films

Films of Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Six
Film[13][12] U.S. release date Director Screenwriter(s) Producer(s) Status
Deadpool 3 September 6, 2024 (2024-09-06)[11] Shawn Levy[15] Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and
Wendy Molyneux & Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin[15]
Kevin Feige and
Ryan Reynolds
In development
Fantastic Four November 8, 2024 (2024-11-08)[10] Matt Shakman[16] Jeff Kaplan & Ian Springer[17] Kevin Feige
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty May 2, 2025 (2025-05-02)[10] Destin Daniel Cretton[18] Jeff Loveness[19]
Avengers: Secret Wars November 7, 2025 (2025-11-07)[10] TBA Michael Waldron[20]

Deadpool 3 (2024)

After the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney was announced in December 2017, Disney CEO Bob Iger said Ryan Reynolds would reprise his role as Wade Wilson / Deadpool from 20th Century Fox's R-rated X-Men films Deadpool (2016) and Deadpool 2 (2018) in the PG-13 rated Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).[21][22] By December 2019, Reynolds confirmed a third Deadpool film was in development at Marvel Studios,[3] with Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin writing the film by November 2020,[23] when Reynolds' involvement and the film's R-rating were confirmed.[23][24] In January 2021, Kevin Feige confirmed the film's MCU setting.[24] In March 2022, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were hired to return from the first two films to rewrite the screenplay, while Shawn Levy was revealed to be directing.[15] Reynolds' production company Maximum Effort co-produces the film.[4] Filming is expected to begin after 2022,[25] in Vancouver, Canada.[26] Deadpool 3 is scheduled to be released on September 6, 2024.[11]

Hugh Jackman will reprise his role as James "Logan" Howlett / Wolverine from the X-Men film series.[11]

Fantastic Four (2024)

At San Diego Comic-Con in July 2019, Feige announced Marvel Studios was developing a Fantastic Four film for the MCU,[2] with Jon Watts announced as the director in December 2020.[5][6] Watts stepped down in April 2022 to take a break from superhero projects.[27] By late August, Matt Shakman, who directed the Marvel Studios Disney+ series WandaVision (2021), was in early talks to direct the film,[28] with Feige confirming him as the director the following month at the D23 Expo.[16] Later in September, Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer were revealed to be writing the screenplay.[17] Filming is expected to begin in 2023.[29] Fantastic Four is scheduled to be released on November 8, 2024.[10]

Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (2025)

At San Diego Comic-Con in July 2022, Marvel Studios announced Avengers: The Kang Dynasty,[10] followed shortly after with the confirmation of Destin Daniel Cretton as director.[18] In September, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) writer Jeff Loveness was revealed to be writing the screenplay.[19] Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is scheduled to be released on May 2, 2025.[10]

Avengers: Secret Wars (2025)

At San Diego Comic-Con in July 2022, Marvel Studios announced Avengers: Secret Wars, scheduled to be released on November 7, 2025.[10] In October, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) writer and Loki season one (2021) head writer Michael Waldron was revealed to be writing the screenplay.[20]

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